Bet you regret deleting all those emails you got from that Nigerian prince.
More than $43 million in U.S. dollar notes was uncovered in an apartment in Nigeria by the country’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The EFCC announced on Facebook that they had received a whistleblower’s tip that someone had been moving bags in and out of the apartment.
Image: Economic and Financial Crimes Commission/ facebook
Naturally, everyone only had one thing to say about this.
The news trended after social media users quickly picked up on the fact that the event occurred in Nigeria — a reference to the many scam emails often sent from a “Nigerian royal figure” soliciting users to transfer thousands of dollars with the promise of a larger reward at the end.
Most of the emails start off with something like this:
According to the EFCC, in addition to the U.S. dollars, $75,000 worth of Nigerian currency and $35,000 in British pound sterling were also found “neatly arranged” inside fireproof cabinets hidden behind wooden panels.
Investigations are ongoing, said Nigerian officials.
Earlier last week, the EFCC uncovered some $817,000 in cash from a market in Lagos, and some $1.5 million at a shopping mall.
Nigeria is ranked 136 out of 176 countries on Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index in 2016.